Memorable Manitobans: Donald Campbell Murray Kyle (1898-1962)
Born at Winnipeg on 31 August 1898, son of John Campbell Kyle (1868-1939) and Annie McNabb (1873-1939), he served in the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War.
In 1919, he enrolled in the Manitoba Law School, was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1923, and practiced with Lendrum McMeans and Frederick G. Thompson until being appointed Acting Bailiff of the Winnipeg County Court in 1941. He was made Acting Sheriff of the Eastern Judicial District in 1942 and High Sheriff of Manitoba in 1944. He was given the additional position of Inspector of Jails in 1946 and, in 1955, headed a commission of inquiry on provincial jails. He was made a magistrate in 1949 and was appointed to the provincial police court in 1956, succeeding David Grant Potter. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1962.
On 10 November 1928, he married Gladys Colton (c1896-1974) at Winnipeg. They had one son, John M. “Jack” Kyle. He helped William J. Johnston to establish the Winnipeg Maroons hockey club and the Greater Winnipeg Minor Hockey Association. He was a member of Westminster United Church. He owned two race horses and was a member of the Turf Club at the Assiniboia Downs.
He died at Rochester, Minnesota on 28 August 1962, following a long illness, and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.
“Magistrate Kyle dies after long illness,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 August 1962, page 5.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 1962, page 33.
“In memorium,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1963, page 30.
Obituary [Gladys Kyle], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 August 1974, page 41.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 15 October 2022